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The World Responds to Coronavirus Outbreak

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Virus Testing Blitz Appears to Keep Korea Death Rate Low

Bloomberg

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Despite avoiding mass bans on citizen movement, South Korea has managed to mitigate the number of reported cases for coronavirus after implementing broad testing protocols. Having learned what didn't work during a previous outbreak of a respitaroy illness, the country "created a system to allow r...

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Is South Korea's approach to containing coronavirus a model for the rest of the world?

Public Radio International (PRI)

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

In order to effectively manage the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea, government officials have stepped in by increasing transparency, subsidizing home medical equipment such as face masks, and rapidly distributing testing kits. The efforts have resulted in many more people already being tested...

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A Disease Tracker Backed by Gates and Zuckerberg Tackles Covid-19 in Cambodia

Wired

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Identifying the metagenomic sequencing for new outbreaks of viruses can help to better assess how the virus is spreading, which in turn helps health officials figure out how to slow down the contagion. In the midst of a coronavirus outbreak, a tool that was first used to during the SARS outbreak ...

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Mass testing, alerts and big fines: the strategies used in Asia to slow coronavirus

The Guardian

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As countries around the world work to slow the spread of coronavirus, several places including Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Macau have reported success from a handful of methods. Mass testing is a common factor throughout each, but financial incentives for self-quarantine, tempe...

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Inside a Seattle-area hospital on the front lines of the nation's first major coronavirus outbreak

The Seattle Times

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It was a "longshot" that resulted in doctors at a Seattle-area hospital diagnosing the first cases of coronavirus, but how they responded may serve as a model to other hospitals attempting to contain the spread further. From staff trained on incident management and a drive-through testing site th...

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Taiwan has millions of visitors from China and only 45 coronavirus cases. Here's how.

Vox

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Situated less than 90 miles from China, the coronavirus outbreak could have been critical in Taiwan, but the country's proactive measures helped to stave off the worst of the disease. Having learned from SARS epidemic, Taiwan had prepared for future situations by creating a comprehensive command ...

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Seattle Health Care System Offers Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing For Workers

NPR

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Health care workers at the University of Washington are now able to be tested for coronavirus via a drive-through. Providing both convenience and safety by limiting exposure of the potentially ill, the test only takes five minutes and those tested usually get their results within a day.

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'Flattening the curve' may be the world's best bet to slow the coronavirus

STAT

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As countries scramble to figure out how to stop the coronavirus outbreak, China is an example of how unprecedented measures to self-quarantine and self-distancing measures can work to slow transmission rates. Commonly refered to as "flattening the curve," this practice allows for the health-care ...

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Giving the Gift of Mobility in a City Locked Down by Coronavirus

The New York Times

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Thousands of people in Wuhan, China are volunteering to buy groceries, get medicine, and take community members to the hospital as a means to help those that need it during the coronavirus outbreak. Although the volunteers do not knowingly transport anyone diagnosed with coronavirus, the drivers ...

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Confronting a Pandemic

The New York Times

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The United States and Italy have been playing catch up in the mitigation of the coronavirus pandemic and were resistant to implementing social distancing, while other countries took more aggressive approaches. Now both countries are looking to China and South Korea to learn how sweeping actions a...

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Tom Hanks Got Sick in Australia, Where Coronavirus Testing Isn't Such a Hassle

The New York Times

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As the United States struggles to test all citizens exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, Australia and Canada are offering lessons about best practices for preparing for a pandemic. Having learned from previous outbreaks, these countries implemented protocols such as a national hotline, easy-acces...

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What Singapore's coronavirus tactics can and can't teach world

Nikkei Asian Review

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Although many hesitate to applaud Singapore's efforts in containing the coronavirus pandemic due to the aggressive measures taken, the country's methodology has shown success. Based on "scientific knowledge, empirical data and medical research," the country has implemented measures such as contac...

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Commitment, transparency pay off as South Korea limits COVID-19 spread

EURACTIV

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Weeks before the coronavirus outbreak was declared to be a pandemic, Seoul, and other parts of South Korea set into motion a combination of "prevention and mitigation programs" that are now being touted as lessons for other countries struggling to contain the virus. Using technological advancemen...

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How South Korea Put Into Place the World's Most Aggressive Coronavirus Test Program

Wall Street Journal

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The testing efficiency and protocols implemented in South Korea to slow the spread of coronavirus have proven to be successful, with the latest reports of the country showing that reports of cases have leveled off. Combining "a single-payer health-care system and a sweeping infectious-disease law...

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How to Save Elections From a Pandemic

Washington Monthly

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The coronavirus pandemic swept the nation at a time when many would be going to polling stations to cast their votes in primary elections, but vote-at-home practices are providing a solution for this civic inconvenience. Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and now Utah have all implemented statewide al...

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South Korea's coronavirus success story underscores how the U.S. initially failed

Washington Post

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Unlike the United States, South Korea has seen rapid success in slowing the spread of coronavirus by implementing widespread testing protocols and increasing transparency. Instead of government officials giving updates, public health experts report to the public while throughout the nation pop-up...

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Distilleries using high-proof alcohol to make hand sanitizer

Associated Press

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Several distilleries across the U.S. are shifting gears from producing beer to instead producing hand sanitizer to play a part in addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Combatting the shortage of the product, while also promoting better hygiene, distilleries are experimenting with recipes based on ...

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How South Korea Scaled Coronavirus Testing While the U.S. Fell Dangerously Behind

ProPublica

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South Korea is emerging as a model for many countries battling the spread of coronavirus, thanks to the country's quick response to initiate widespread testing and contact tracing methodology. Having learned from what failed during the outbreak in 2015, the country has been able to keep their dea...

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This chart of the 1918 Spanish flu shows why social distancing works

Quartz

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As coronavirus continues to spread around the world, social distancing is being implemented due to its proven success with helping to drastically slow the spread of the Spanish flu in St. Louis Missouri. In a comparison of St. Louis and Philadelphia – a city that did not institute social distanci...

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They've Contained the Coronavirus. Here's How.

The New York Times

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Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have each shown success with slowing the pace of the coronavirus outbreak due in part from learning lessons during the 2002 SARS outbreak. Combining different approaches to social distancing and quarantine, travel restrictions, and public health campaigns focused ...

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Coronavirus Testing Goes Mobile in Seattle

The New York Times

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In early January, doctors at UW Medical Center began preparing for a coronavirus outbreak by transforming a research lab into a screening center for coronavirus that delivers results within a day. Now, coupled with a mobile clinic that allows for people to be tested from within the confines of th...

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South Korea pioneers coronavirus drive-through testing station

CNN

Broadcast TV News / Under 3 Minutes

To limit exposure during coronavirus testing, South Korea began piloting drive-thru test sites that allow those being tested to remain in their cars. The drive-thru, which sends results to the patient via text message three days later, has tested nearly 400 people in one day, helping to ease pres...

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How Vietnam Learned From China's Coronavirus Mistakes

The Diplomat

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China has seen success in containing the coronavirus through strict governmental oversight but when the virus made its way to Vietnam – a country with similar rule – the government enacted more transparent approaches and relied on social networks to mitigate the spread. Although it is yet to be s...

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W.H.O. Fights a Pandemic Besides Coronavirus: an ‘Infodemic'

The New York Times

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As word of the coronavirus outbreak spread, so did misinformation, so the World Health Organization began working with big tech companies to put a stop to it. Collaborating with the likes of Pinterest, Google, Twitter, and Facebook, W.H.O. has posted content that disputes the incorrect informatio...

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Paid to Stay Home: Europe's Safety Net Could Ease Toll of Coronavirus

The New York Times

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Europe's generous social policies, such as allowing for employees to retain their salaries while taking sick time to care for themselves or family members, may help to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak while also safeguarding the economy. Although the long-term impacts are yet unknown, in the sho...

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South Korea shows that democracies can succeed against the coronavirus

Washington Post

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While many countries are struggling to control the spread of the recent coronavirus outbreak, South Korea has reported a decline in daily caseloads due to their rapid and comprehensive response. By expanding testing sites to include drive-throughs, canceling events and implementing more thorough ...

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Bristolians are self-organising a phenomenal coronavirus fight back in ways that will outlast pandemic

The Bristol Cable

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As a grass-roots response to assist vulnerable populations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, communities around the world are using social media to distribute supplies, services, and advice. One such group on Facebook, the Bristol Community Care - Covid-19 Mutual Aid, has gone viral with thousands of...

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The race to unravel the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the United States

Nature

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When virologists and genomicists in Seattle, Washington realized that COVID-19 was likely to spread to the United States, they began to research ways to keep vulnerable poplulations safe. So far, early success has come from replicating the Seattle Flu Study, which uses a swab test to "reveal the ...

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Bodegas and Corner Stores Are Part of Crisis Response — They're Also Uniquely Vulnerable

Next City

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Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, bodegas offer local supplies in many food deserts across the country. While the bodegas struggle to find funding and stay in business for their neighborhoods, they also fight their way into policy discussions and micro-loan programs to stay afloat for low-income neighb...

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South Korea has tested 140,000 people for the coronavirus. That could explain why its death rate is just 0.6% — far lower than in China or the US.

Business Insider

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South Korea's nationwide coronavirus testing measures are showing that the death rate for the virus may not be as high as initially reported while also offering lessons to other countries about the best practices for mitigating epidemics. Although the United States is now beginning to utilize par...

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Schools Race To Feed Students Amid Coronavirus Closures

NPR

Multi-Media / Under 3 Minutes

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, school districts are trying a number of approaches to ensure students still have access to free breakfasts and lunches even though they are not coming to school. In some cities, bus drivers are bringing meals to different neighborhoods. The federal governm...

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WV school buses delivering meals after coronavirus threat shuttered all schools

Charleston Gazette-Mail

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Schools have closed across the nation to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but that's left many students without access to meals. To address this, Kanawha County has started to use school buses to transport meals to students, both offering reliable access to meals and eliminating t...

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Want to do something good during your coronavirus quarantine? Do mutual aid

FastCompany

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Those over the age of 65 have been instructed to stay at home as much as possible during the coronavirus pandemic, so younger adults are coming together across the nation to help deliver this population essentials. Between Facebook, Nextdoor, and basic spreadsheets, communities are finding ways t...

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Galion distillery creates hand sanitizer from high-proof alcohol

Richland Source

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Six months ago, a distillery in Ohio had the idea to start making hand sanitizer on-site, but because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus and the FDA changing regulations, the business has now fast-tracked the idea into reality. With only their first batch ready to donate, the distillery has a...

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Crowdsourcing to Fight a Pandemic

Route Fifty

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To address those that have been specifically impacted by economic crash due to coronavirus and to slow the spread, cities across the United States are enacting comprehensive measures to help. From a halt on all utility shutoffs to releasing inmates who have nearly completed their sentences or are...

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How South Korea Solved Its Acute Hospital-Bed Shortage

Wall Street Journal

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In order to reduce the mortality rate from the coronavirus pandemic as much as possible, medical centers and the government in South Korea reserved beds only for the most ill, while others were quarantined in supervised dorms. To dictate where and how someone would be treated, they were assigned ...

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Online bot created by CDC provides triage for coronavirus testing

KOAT-TV

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To reduce the number of people being tested unnecessarily for coronavirus, the CDC has introduced an online bot that helps people determine the severity of their symptoms. Because the United States has a limited supply of tests and medical equipment currently available, the goal of the bot is to ...

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The Surprising Way Durham Distillery is Helping Fight Coronavirus

Garden & Gun

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As restaurants look at a myriad of ways to enhance the cleanliness of their businesses in light of the coronavirus pandemic, a distillery in North Carolina chose to shift their focus from gin-making to making and distributing hand sanitizer. The owners of the distillery are also training neighbor...

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Tracking the Coronavirus: How Crowded Asian Cities Tackled an Epidemic

The New York Times

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Singapore among several other countries have been able to contain coronavirus by working to stay ahead of the spread, rather than confront the spread as it happens. Using strategies – some partially built after learning from failure during the SARS outbreak – such as rigorous contact tracing to d...

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Can Volunteer-Run Online Platforms to Support Neighbors In Need Meet Demand?

Next City

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As social distancing becomes increasingly important as cities and states work to control the coronavirus outbreak, people in New York are finding creative ways to communicate in order to help one another. In New York City, community members are utilizing a website where volunteers are matched wit...

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